Schedule & Curriculum

Schedule & Curriculum

Specific Sessions

Listening Like a Producer

Emmy-winning composer Stephen Webber reveals exactly how to sharpen your listening skills to transform your production, arranging, and songwriting. In this working session, practical keys to listening on technical, emotional and kinesthetic levels will lay the groundwork for strategies that have placed Stephen’s students’ productions at the top of the charts.

10 Simple Tools to Write More Effective Lyrics

Great lyrics make all the difference. Learn to engage your listeners' senses and convey emotion through your lyrics, by embracing the role of storyteller, being aware of clichés, letting the chorus be a chorus, keeping most of the exposition in the verse, and six other essential tools.

The Laptop as Tool for Songwriting and Production

The laptop has become the millennial folk instrument. The modern songwriter is more likely to rely on digital technology as a primary mode of self expression more than ever before. Ben Cantil will approach techniques for developing your creative voice through the intersecting disciplines of electronic music production: arranging, sound design, song writing, and mixing, discussed and dissected as a single united art form.

Find Your Artistic Identity, Vision and Intention

Figuring out who you are as an artist and what you have to say are key steps to creating music that resonates with an audience. You'll be led through a tried and true process of self-realization that will help you get to the "truth" of what you're about and what you have to convey.

Masterclass

Students will perform their songs live for the clinicians, and receive invaluable, real-time coaching on songwriting, performance, intention, arrangement and production ideas for recording their original work. Productions by students will also be played and critiqued by the panel, who will use student's work to illustrate the tools and strategies being taught and acquired. 

Live Idea Jam

Clinicians and participants will collaborate on an "open idea jam" - creating song components and developing them on the fly, in a fun session exploring how to encourage flow and overcome creative blocks.

Modern Vocal Production

Ian Kagey will reveal the tips and tricks of tracking and editing professional sounding vocals using a basic interface, microphone and your computer:

  • Learn how to perfect your vocal processing chain and how real-time compression, equalization and effects can help singers deliver a better performance and help you mix as you go.
  • Learn to lean into modern vocal editing techniques of pitch correction, advanced digital processing and noise reduction to enhance performance and deliver modern sounding tracks.
  • Learn how to mix vocals for different styles and genres using both standard and creative effects.

 

 

Day 1

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Listening Like a Producer
  • The Laptop as Musical Tool
  • Finding the Focus
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner Break
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Open Mic

Day 2

9:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Artist, Identity, Vision and Intention

10 Tools for Better Lyrics

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Creative Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Modern Vocal Production
12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Master Class (students receive feedback on their songs, recordings and performances)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Live Idea Jam

Day 3

10:00 - 11:20 a.m. Vocal Magic (Editing & Tuning)
11:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Finessing Electronic Tracks

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Open Final Assembly/Mix Session